David M. Howitt
David is joint President of The Meriwether Group, Inc. and Meriwether Capital Partners, LLC – firms that specialize in strategic business acceleration and venture funding for dynamic and disruptive brands and companies. Prior to founding The Meriwether Group, David was the Director of Licensing and Business Development for adidas America. While at adidas, David oversaw and grew a $250 million dollar business unit and David and his team grew licensing revenue by over 100 percent during a four year period. David also served for several years as Corporate Counsel for adidas.
David also worked closely with his wife Heather on the founding, growth and the ultimate sale of Oregon Chai. Oregon Chai was a category leader – growing to sales of over $30 million and ultimately selling very successfully to Kerry Foods PLC. Prior to joining adidas, David was an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. David earned a BA from Denison University and a JD from the Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. Mr. Howitt currently serves on the Board of Directors for several public and private companies as well as several non-for-profits.
David has made several successful investments in early stage companies over the past 5 years. He is a husband to Heather and the father of two beautiful children.